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Children's Fables and Developmental Needs

Unit Plan

As we have learned over the last five weeks, using literature in the classroom is a powerful tool for helping to meet your students' developmental needs. For your Final Project, you will build upon the lesson that you created in Week Two of this course and develop it into a week-long unit. Your unit will need to include the following components:
1. A paragraph introducing your theme or concept for the entire week.
2. A rationale for your unit that clearly describes the stage of development the students you will be teaching are in.
3. A paragraph describing the work of a theorist whose beliefs help to support the use of this unit within this stage of development.
4. Create five different lesson plans that relate to the chosen theme/concept of your unit. One of these lessons should come from the Story Element Lesson Plan you created in Week Two. Remember to use the lesson plan template for creating your lessons.
5. At least one of your lesson plans should use a media source such as an audio book, book on video, or an online story ( ,,,
6. Explain how the objectives for your lessons measure concepts discussed in class (phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, character, setting, plot, theme, etc.).
7. Identify and discuss a different genre of literature for each lesson plan (poetry, nursery rhymes, tactile books multicultural books, picture books, non-fiction books, series books, etc.). Feel free to use some of the literature you included in your weekly discussions if they are appropriate to your theme and stage of development.
8. Create a plan for how you will share the literature that you are using with your students' families so they can help to support literacy acquisition. You could create a newsletter, plan a family literacy night, or even choose some ideas from the Parent Literacy Presentation you created in Week Three.
9. At least one scholarly source in addition to your textbook.
You will submit your unit as an eight- to ten-page word document, not including the title and reference page. Make sure you properly format your Final Project according the APA guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Take a moment to view the Summative Guidance presentation below, or click here for the written transcript.

This is my first assignment that is supposed to interchange with this assignment. I did not do so well on it.

Story Element Lesson Plan
Mary DeLoach
ECE 335 Children's Literature
Instructor: Ann Zucker
January 13th, 2014

Children's Literature
I have chosen the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. It was written by Robert Southey in 1837. It is age appropriate for children in pre-k up to third grade. It is a great story that has a great beginning, middle and end. I have included a lesson plan to follow.
Lesson Plan Template - Overview

Subject: Reading
Grade: PreK
Topic: Story time
Duration: 30 minutes


My students will understand the objectives and goals by the end of the class.
Standards Covered:

I will go over all the necessary information that is covered in the story.

All the material necessary will be provided for this story assignment.

I will produce all the main factors such as the main charters, plot settings and thems.
Lesson Development:

For my lesson development this is where I will cover all the developments of the story in a way the children will understand.
Practice/ Checking for

Guided practice will allow the students to show they understand the material that has been applied. It would be necessary for the teacher to be close by for questions and further instruction.

In closing the teacher will want to make sure the students fully understand what the materials covered has been perceived.
Personal Reflection: In a Personal Reflection, this is the time for the teacher to go back and reflect on what has been taught. Perhaps adding more material or disregarding material. Whatever works best is what the teacher should go with for the next time.

Who of you has ever had a child bring them a book and crawl into your lap wanting you to read to them? How could you possible say no? In my story Goldilocks and The Three Bears, has always been a childhood favorite of mine and that of my own children. As being a daycare provider, we read it often at our story time. I would like to discuss the plot of the story.
The story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears has many versions. From the old woman sneaking in the house, to finally the pretty girl with the blonde golden locks. As the story is told this pretty young girl is walking in the forest when she come upon a house. She knocks on the door, when no answers she goes in. To her surprise, she sees three bowls of porridge. After sampling them all she found one that was just right and ate it all. After eating the porridge she was feeling tired.
Goldilocks came upon three chairs and tried them all until she thought she found the perfect one. When she sat down in the wee chair, it broke. Feeling dismayed and tired she went up stairs to the bedroom. Once again, she tried all three beds until she found the perfect one, and Goldilocks fell asleep.
When the three bears returned home and found their porridge had been eaten, they were confused. Moving on to their chairs only to see they had been disturbed and the little bears chair had been broken. The three bears did not know what to think. Deciding to check out the rest of the house, they went upstairs to find Goldilocks asleep in little bear's bed. Goldilocks awoken and ran as fast as she could and never returned.
The plot of this story is about a young girl who was very greedy and selfish. I think that one bowl of porridge, one chair, and one bed would have been enough. However taking things that do not belong to us is wrong. Goldilocks plotted to make her way through the entire house for her own selfish usage.

The Beginning
Goldilocks knocks on the door no one is home
The Middle
Goldilocks helps herself to things that did not belong to her
The End
Goldilocks awoke and saw the three bears, screamed and ran away never to return

The story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears is a good story to teach our young children that we do not take things that do not belong to us. If the tone is set right while telling the story, you can see the sadness in the children's faces after the three bears were violated. We teach our children through stories such as these.


Coats, K. (2013). Children's literature & the developing reader. San Die

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A paragraph introducing your theme or concept for the entire week.

The theme for the entire week is placated upon how children fables, which are short narratives using animal characters with human features to convey folk wisdom for children assisting them in understanding human nature and human behavior. Goldilocks and The Three Bears is the fable that will be used for the concept the entire week and is a story that has an almost 200 year old oral history that was eventually written down, which is characteristic of fables. Children fables are instrumental in helping young children develop desirable human traits that include compassion, respect, and ethics. The objective is to assist the child in developing emotional maturity, and in the book used for this week, children are encouraged to not wander off away from home, not take what isn't theirs, and to be thankful for their safety and security provided by their parents.

Students will become familiar with fables from different cultural traditions by using a different fables from different cultural traditions each day for the entire week to illustrate to children how different cultures transfer fable traditions between generations and cultures. The children will learn how fables such as Goldilocks and The Three Bears use various animals in different ways to illustrate human strengths and weaknesses to pass down wisdom from generation to generation throughout history.

A rationale for your unit that clearly describes the stage of development the students you will be teaching are in. A paragraph describing the work of a theorist whose beliefs help to support the use of this unit within this stage of development

Gail Gibbons uses animals in her books to illustrate life to children and the wonders of the natural world. She has written over 170 books and also does the art work for her books. Although her books are non-fiction, which separates them from fables used in this week's summary, the use of animals for illustrating human nature to children is the similarity between Gibbons books and those such as Goldilocks and The Three Bears.

Guiding Questions for (your) Lesson Plan.
When creating (your) lesson plan it's imperative to ask questions to yourself that will be used for evaluations later in the unit to ascertain what children have garnered from the lesson plans. "What is a fable, and how are fables different from other types of stories", is a question that should guide the lesson plans. The next guiding question that should be used is "How have fables been used around the world and throughout history to import knowledge ...

Solution Summary

Children's Fables assignment.